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Study on Former Foster Youth Published in The American Journal of Cultural Sociology

A paper by sociology doctoral candidate Julianne Smith, “‘I’m Not Gonna Be Another Statistic:’ The Imagined Futures of Former Foster Youth,” appears in the February 2017 issue of The American Journal of Cultural Sociology.

For her study, Smith spent 16 months working with, interviewing and observing students in the Guardian Scholars Program, a program that provides former foster youth at UC Davis with resources to help them adjust to student life and succeed academically.

She asked the students about their aspirations for the future and studied how these aspirations were formed, linking them to the group’s identity in light of the negative stereotypes associated with foster youth. She also studied the role of support programs like Guardian Scholars in providing marginalized groups with resources and expanding their individual worldviews.